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Bengals News (11/11): Riding momentum

Zac Taylor thinks the Bengals can get a winning streak going in the second half of the season.

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Taylor-Made Takes: 'We just have to capitalize on that momentum we’ve created'
We don't spend a lot of time thinking about that. But I'd be lying if I said it didn't cross our minds every now and then. The last time we were playing these guys and just kind of where we were personnel wise. Guys were still feeling out the system and what our expectations were. Now here we are a year later and guys have way more confidence. We have a full grasp of what our identity is and guys are playing with a whole lot of confidence.

New look Bengals defense prepares for Steelers offense
"He won the Super Bowl. He has experience, he's been in the playoffs, and he's seen a lot of great ball and a lot of ballplayers," Bell said in Tuesday's home media Zoom. "That's what makes him him. He's a competitor, and he's standing up there, you're not going to get much movement but he's going to take a hit and complete the pass and he'll keep on going.

Bengals Open The Second Half Of The 2020 Season At Pittsburgh
"For the guys in the locker room, this is the expectation," said Bengals head coach Zac Taylor after the win. "We earned this, and we needed it, especially going into the bye. These players have done everything we asked them to do. The reward to this point hadn't been in the win column, but to say anybody is shocked (by the win) would be untrue, because we know we've been capable of this all along."

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard cleared to practice
Hubbard had been on the Reserve/Injured list since Oct. 15 with an elbow injury that he suffered in Game 5 at Baltimore. Today starts a 21-day period during which Hubbard may practice with the team without counting against the 53-player active roster. He is eligible to be activated to the roster at any time during that period.

First Call: Mike Tomlin on blocked kick issues; early Bengals trash talk; massive Steelers bet
“They were flat getting after us in the [special] teams game,” Tomlin said. “Not only in the block game, but they had a big punt return. They had a big kick return. They were a step ahead of us, and they were aggressive. You have to give them credit for that, and we will just get back in the lab and get back to work this week.”

Steelers and Ravens Players Respond to Bengals' Tweet About 'Steelers Week'
The Bengals posted a short clip of T.J. Houshmandzadeh cleaning off his cleats with a 'Terrible Towel' after Cincinnati's 38-31 win over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in 2005. The video of Houshmandzadeh has become legendary in NFL circles. Both Bengals and Steelers fans remember that moment.

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Six quarterbacks go in first round, Bengals get Joe Burrow a playmaking WR
Meanwhile, we started the college football season with three QBs who were surefire first-round picks: Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Trey Lance. Now that we're more than two months into the proceedings, we can add a few more names into the mix, and while they may not fall into the surefire category, they've done nothing but help themselves with high-level performances in an otherwise topsy-turvy 2020 season.

Jeff Pastor: Who is former Bengal star 'Chinedum' Nedu Ndukwe
Cincinnati councilman Jeff Pastor was charged Tuesday with bribery and other related charges. And former Cincinnati Bengal safety Chinedum "Nedu" Ndukwe was repeatedly cited by prosecutors as a key part of bringing an alleged corruption scheme to justice.

Bengals Higher Than Expected, But Fall in Power Rankings After Bye Week
"Confidence is the word I would use to describe our football team with right now," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said on Monday. "We've prepared, we've felt confident going into these games. We played well in spurts in a lot of games we played. We just hadn't put it together until the Tennessee game. We have to stay level-headed. We can't ride that wave of excitement and discouragement and we've just got to keep putting in the work and know it will pay off if we do things the right way."

Zac Taylor still seeking a Bengals winning streak despite early-season losses
“This is a team that believes that we can put together a winning streak," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. "A one-game, two-game, three-game, four-game, five-game -- we believe in it. We just haven't done it. We haven't proven it to the outside world.”

Three Bold Predictions for the Second Half of the Bengals' Season
Burrow is on pace to break Andrew Luck's rookie record (4,374) for most passing yards. The 23-year-old has thrown for 2,272 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games. He's also ran for another three scores.

NFL Minute: Bengals optimism against unbeaten Steelers
Tim Benz breaks down the Bengals optimism for their upcoming matchup against the unbeaten Steelers coming off a tough 24-19 win over the Cowboys.

Around the league

NFL owners unanimously approve playoff expansion if COVID-19 forces cancellation of meaningful games
NFL owners unanimously approved a contingency plan to expand the playoff field from 14 to 16 teams if meaningful games cannot be played due to COVID-19, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. In the event the league is forced to take such action, it will not re-seed teams, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Dolphins OC Gailey: Rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa looks back to Alabama form
"It looks like it to me," Gailey said Tuesday, via the Palm Beach Post. "I can't see a real difference. So physically is the one thing that you had the concern about and I think he kind of relieved all our thoughts about that the other night."

Offensive Player Rankings, Week 10: Blueprints for beating Tom Brady, Russell Wilson exposed?
It was the worst outing for either quarterback this season, by a mile. I mean, Wilson gave the ball away four times (one shy of matching his career high) in a 44-34 loss to the Buffalo Bills, and Brady suffered the most lopsided loss of his 21-year career, a 35-point margin of defeat to the New Orleans Saints, on Sunday night.

NFL Hot or Not: Second-half predictions; QB carousel preview
There was a period of time in the early 2000s when I lived in a series of apartments and spare rooms in Denver, Colorado. Employment took the form of low-level temp jobs, often the kind of work in which one is fully trained by noon: menial filing assignments, answering phones and forays into ultra-basic Microsoft Excel to-do's. I was in a funk, but I'd successfully created an existence with endless free time.